Britannia cruise ship will be the next biggest ever built cruise liner in the company history. P&O Cruises will introduce the ship in spring 2015. It is expected the giant to service the British cruise market.
The cruise ship Britannia will be able to carry more than 3,600 passengers and about 1400 crew members. The vessel weighs 141,000 tons and was built for about £500 million at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone, Italy.
P&O had in the pas 2 ships named Britannia one created 126 years ago to honor Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee.
The size of the cruise ship is impressive, 1,082 feet long, if compared to the London’s Shard it is 66 feet longer. It will include a lot of restaurants, famous chefs, bars, a Glass House wine bar and more.
P&O Cruises & Carnival UK chief executive officer David Dingle announced:
"Britannia is a most fitting name for the newest addition to P&O Cruises, which, with its long and famous heritage, remains Britain's favourite cruise line. Britannia will capture both the contemporary spirit of P&O Cruises and the spirit of Britain today,”.
"Britannia will underpin P&O Cruises’ unique commitment to building ships specifically designed to anticipate the tastes of today's Britain. It will be a modern classic, a ship for this and future generations offering authentic travel by sea in an enduringly contemporary setting."
P&O informed that the ship will be designed in a way that will be attractive to the customers and will offer unforgettable experience with its classic features known from other ships Oriana, Aurora, Ventura and Azura. The new thing that will please the customers is "more single cabins" many with them with nice view.
"At the same time, the ship will be our greenest yet and will be designed to deliver much greater levels of operational and environmental efficiency. A new hull form will reduce unit fuel consumption by up to 20 per cent."
The cruise ship Britannia will be ready in February 2015 and represents a huge investment for P&O.
P&O Cruises is owned by Carnival after a £3.5bn deal 10 years ago.
The first trip of the ship is expected to start from Southampton and to continue in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Atlantic and possibly the Caribbean.